I believe every Christian has struggled with some kind of major sin in their life. I know I face one in particular that drives me crazy. I have started this ten week Bible Study where they said to try to sanctify yourself for the 9 out of the 10 weeks. God brought it upon my heart to stop this one sin.. So, I began. This first week has been really hard. I messed up once, but the Lord is gracious. Then He showed me a powerful quote: Do you know why most Christians don't get any better or why you don't get better? It is because you're doing it wrong, dummy! You are obsessed with sin and your faith has become another "system of laws" whereby you feel guilty and try and try and try to do better. It doesn't work, never has worked, never will work. Only really shallow people keep doing the same thing over and over again with the same result, thinking that the next time the result will be different. So Stop It. You're just making a mess out of it. People get better by obsessing on Jesus and his Love...not by obsessing on their own sin and disobedience. That's what the cross is about, to wit, a covering for sin. So that's NOT the issue anymore. Not only that, the imputation of Christ's righteousness to our account is a gift beyond measure assuring that God's anger will never be directed at us again. And, by the way, an obsession with sin may be the greatest form of pride. -Steve Brown I read this and just said WOW. All I was doing was obsessing over that sin. How it was so ahrd, how I could defeet that sin with God's help(note: see how I tried to make my obsession seem better by adding God into it?), how much I wanted the sin...etc. But what God really wants me to do to overcome, it to focus on God. In Hebrews 11, you don't hear about the "famous" Christians trying hard to do what they did, they did it by FAITH. My prayer is now, "Lord, let me be obsessed with you, let my faith in You grow," instead of "help me overcome my sin."
I shared this verse with our new friend, ladyvogue, and share in with you now: "And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind; that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God... " Romans 12:2
The Greek word used here for 'transformed' is 'metamorphosthe' from which we get our English word 'metamorphesis'. God's work in you is to carry you through the daily process of metamorphesis through His Word, praise to Him, and prayer. As ptl2008 said, fill your mind with Him. As you said, "be obsessed with Him...", and you will find youself metamorphesized into the likeness of His Son, Jesus Christ... metamorphesized from God's precious, little catapillar into his beautiful butterfly that will fly above the temptation into His loving Arms.